Spotlight: K.S. Villoso on her Filipino-led fantasy, The Wolf of Oren-yaro

Spotlight: K.S. Villoso on her Filipino-led fantasy, The Wolf of Oren-yaro

I generally love boosting and promoting authors on my platform, but if I’m being perfectly honest, I tend to go extra hard for Filipino authors! As a Filipino myself (please don’t ever use Filipina to refer to me), I am well aware of the plight our skilled authors experience both within our local publishing industry and in the larger international publishing industry. Far too few Filipino authors receive local recognition and support, much less at an international level. And I think it’s about time for that to change!

With that said, I am extremely honored to have an upcoming Filipino debut author on my blog today. It was a huge, huge pleasure on my part to interview K.S. Villoso, the genius behind The Wolf of Oren-yaro, which is a thrilling epic fantasy that’s led by a Filipino main character. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

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Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 5 (ft. Asian soups & second book stress)

Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 5 (ft. Asian soups & second book stress)

We’re down to the last part of this mini-series! Just to recap, as part of the Jade War blog tour, I interviewed Fonda Lee, the award-winning author of Jade City and the more recently released Jade War, through a Skype video call. Our hour-long interview resulted in a 21-page transcript, which sparked the idea for this daily mini-series!

Unlike the previous parts of this mini-series, which consisted of randomly selected questions from the blog tour hosts, Part 5 is a more formal interview with questions prepared by yours truly. Here, we will learn more about the writing process behind Jade War — with a couple of silly questions thrown in!

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Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 4 (ft. dragon fetuses & nonexistent writing playlists)

Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 4 (ft. dragon fetuses & nonexistent writing playlists)

Let’s end the day right with another session of Fonda Lee on the daily! As part of the Jade War blog tour, I interviewed Fonda Lee, the award-winning author of Jade City and the more recently released Jade War, through a Skype video call. Since our conversation lasted for an hour or so (which resulted in a 21-page transcript), I’ve decided to create a mini-series of author interviews!

This is the second to the last part of the interview, and honestly, I’m a little bit sad about the idea of this mini-series reaching its end. Fonda is such a huge inspiration to me, and she’s just a really enchanting and delightful person overall.

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Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 3 (ft. favorite characters & family dynamics)

Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 3 (ft. favorite characters & family dynamics)

Another day, another dose of Fonda Lee and her fun answers! I’ll keep my needless chattering to a minimum this time. Let’s go!

As part of the Jade War blog tour, I interviewed Fonda Lee, the award-winning author of Jade City and the more recently released Jade War, through a Skype video call. Since our conversation lasted for an hour or so (which resulted in a 21-page transcript), I’ve decided to create a mini-series of author interviews!

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Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 2 (ft. comfort food & deserted islands)

Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 2 (ft. comfort food & deserted islands)

If we’re following Philippine time (and since we’re on my blog, we are), the second session of FONDAily is quite the buzzer beater. My dumb, tired, and easily distracted self totally forgot to schedule this post properly. But I digress.

As part of the Jade War blog tour, I interviewed Fonda Lee, the award-winning author of Jade City and the more recently released Jade War, through a Skype video call. Since our conversation lasted for an hour or so (which resulted in a 21-page transcript), I’ve decided to create a mini-series of author interviews!

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Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 1 (ft. ice cream flavors & lantern men)

Spotlight Mini-Series: Fonda Lee on the daily, part 1 (ft. ice cream flavors & lantern men)

So it turns out that for someone who has done plenty of transcribing interviews for her own research studies, I’m still embarrassingly slow at it. Which would explain the reason behind the incredible delay of the mini-series I promised a few days ago — a mini-series of interviews that I’ve decided to lovingly name FONDAily, which is short for Fonda Lee on the daily.

As part of the Jade War blog tour, I was given the amazing — actually, amazing can’t even sufficiently describe it — opportunity to have a Skype video call with THE Fonda Lee for an author interview. It was a book blogging dream that I never even knew that I had because I didn’t think things like that happened. But it did! And I cannot thank Nazia from Orbit Books enough times for setting up the interview and for making me the happiest little Southeast Asian girl in the world!

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Spotlight: Helen Scheuerer on her finishing her debut trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles

Spotlight: Helen Scheuerer on her finishing her debut trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles

Hello, Helen! Welcome aboard the third (and final!) blog tour for The Oremere Chronicles! Thank you very much for entrusting me once again with the huge honor and privilege of spearheading this tour — it truly means the whole world to me. And of course, I cannot thank you enough as well for taking the time to (virtually) sit down with us and to talk about the final installment of your debut fantasy series, wherein the third book is entitled War of Mist.

To kick off this interview, I thought it might be fun and interesting to prepare a couple of light, silly questions for you to answer.

What food and/or beverage would you pair off with each book of The Oremere Chronicles, and why do you think these would complement or go well with the books? (To clarify, you’re assigning particular food/beverage to Heart of Mist, Reign of Mist, and War of Mist.)

Heart of Mist: Anything you can cook over a campfire OR a lot of bread and cheese (which is what they mainly eat in the book when they’re on the road).

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